Why rush to approve a half-baked city plan?

After months of post election wrangling over the proposed new Redlands Planning Scheme Mayor Karen Williams has ambushed councillors and the community by calling for the new City Plan to be approved at a short notice special meeting tomorrow. Councillors have indicated that they were expecting proposed amendments to the Draft City Plan 2015 at […]

Planning and Labor’s sins of omission

The sins of omission

The “Shaping SEQ” Regional Plan is a step back in time to when government in Queensland was old fashioned and if the media or anyone else asked awkward questions they were told “don’t you worry about that”. The Fitzgerald Inquiry helped to clean up government in Queensland. But time not only heals wounds, it also […]

The South East Queensland Regional Plan will be discussed at a seminar hosted by Redlands2030 and the Brisbane Region Environment Council.

  • Date:  25 February
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Venue:  Griffith University Ecocentre (see map)

The State Government is currently consulting on a new South East Queensland Regional Plan – Shaping SEQ.

The deadline for making submissions or comments about the draft Plan is 3 March 2017.

This seminar is an opportunity to learn more about the draft new Regional Plan.

Find out why community and environment groups are concerned about likely impacts of the proposed regional plan on south east Queensland residents and our environment.

Speakers will include:

  • Elizabeth Handley, Brisbane Residents United
  • Steve Macdonald, President of Redlands2030
  • Ted Fensom of Brisbane Region Environment Council

RSVP to tedfensom@gmail.com or ozbrec@gmail.com

More about the SEQ Regional Plan

 

23 February 2017

Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 09:00 a.m.
Event: SEQ Regional Plan - The Interface
Topic: SEQ Regional Plan
Public: Public

Treetop training centre on Council agenda

Plans for development of a treetop training centre in Victoria Point will be considered by Redland City Council at its next general meeting on Wednesday 22 February 2017. The proposal was discussed by Redlands2030 in a post published on 18 March 2016 when the development application was advertised. Treetop training centre planned for Victoria Point […]

Redlands, have your say about the regional plan

The State Government’s draft new regional plan Shaping SEQ is a blueprint for ongoing population growth with little thought given to quality of life, adequacy of infrastructure and environmental impacts. READ, PRINT, change if needed, SIGN and SEND the Ready-Made Submission before midnight on Friday 3 March 2017. Redlands should expect its population to increase by 25% from […]

Labor members question the Party’s policies

People expect which ever party is in power, Labor or LNP,  to manage the economy and ensure that there are jobs for Queenslanders, now and in the future. But if Labor is to seriously consider winning the upcoming state election it also needs to address environmental issues like: Climate change and coal mining Protecting our […]

Protected Area Strategy – rushed consultation

The Palaszczuk Government is consulting on a draft Protected Area Strategy, giving the community about three weeks to read, consider and respond to the draft document by 24 February 2017. Why has the Minister allowed so little time for the community to engage in discussion about this important issue? A Protected Area Strategy deserves better […]

Council responds to Ombudsman’s report

Significant issues such as responding to the Ombudsman’s investigative report were not discussed at the Redland City Council general meeting last week. With a very light agenda, it was no surprise that the meeting was brief – 23 minutes to be exact. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary – Mayor Karen […]

Why is the SEQ Regional Plan being gutted?

Who is pushing for changes to the south east Queensland regional plan? The current plan, adopted in 2009, attempts to control urban sprawl and ensure a balanced approach to development in the State’s congested south east corner. Comparing the existing SEQ Regional Plan with the newer model, Shaping SEQ, it is clear that Jackie Trad (Minister […]

Council’s agenda to increase building costs

The agenda for Redland City Council’s meeting on 8 February is remarkably empty, raising questions about the many important issues which councillors are not discussing in front of the community. Building certification fees to rise Apart from routine noting of routine reports the only agenda item scheduled for discussion publicly is a proposal to increase […]

Cleveland station needs parking not apartments

Plans for development of a mainly residential project in the northern car park of the Cleveland train station were considered at Redland City Council’s meeting on 25 January. Most councillors recognised that the community was unhappy with the proposed development’s inadequate provisions for commuter car parking. Community views were clearly expressed as comments to a […]

Local government electoral laws – submission

Improving trust and transparency in local government was the subject of a recent post by Redlands2030. Following a report by the Crime and Corruption Commission, the Government proposes to amend laws about the disclosure and reporting of donations. The Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee of State Parliament is conducting an inquiry into the draft […]

Ombudsman slams Redland City Council

Questions about the integrity of decision-making by Redland City Council’s Mayor Karen Williams, CEO Bill Lyon and General Counsel Andrew Ross are raised in a scathing report by the Ombudsman. What the Ombudsman said The Ombudsman is an independent officer, reporting directly to State Parliament, who investigates complaints about the administrative actions of public sector […]

Trust and transparency in local government

Transparency and accountability in local government should be improved says the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). A report on the CCC’s investigations into “Transparency and accountability in local Government” was tabled in Parliament in December 2015. The CCC recommendations called for legislative reform to improve transparency and accountability in local government electoral disclosure requirements. The […]